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Stories by Ken Garner

Stories by Ken Garner

State invests in faith-based organizations to help communities

October 24, 2023
The Northwest Florida Health Network told church and faith-based nonprofit leaders last week that it can fund their community-based social services without interfering in how those services are provided.

“Governor DeSantis has had his people do all the legal work,” the Rev. Rick Hazelip of First City Church said Thursday, Oct. 19, at a “Faith Summit” at Brownsville Church. “All we have to do is open up our services to anybody, regardless of their beliefs. And then we do what we do.”

NAS Whiting Field to celebrate 80th anniversary

July 14, 2023
Anyone with access to NAS Whiting Field is invited to a ceremony commemorating the installation’s 80th anniversary beginning at noon Monday, July 17.

‘UNITE: Gulf Coast’ coming to Pensacola next week

July 12, 2023
Casting Crowns, Tauren Wells, for KING & COUNTRY, and Passion will join evangelist Scott Dawson on stage for UNITE: Gulf Coast beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, at the Pensacola Bay Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To reserve free tickets or reserve tickets and donate to the UNITE Movement, go to

Celebrating pollinators

June 24, 2023
Taina Campos, of Crestview, and her cousins Luke and Amelia Anderson of Milton take a popcorn break at the Panhandle Butterfly House in Milton.

Bullying contributes to King Middle School teen’s suicide

May 18, 2023
Jacqueline Williams was on her way home from work April 12 when she received the call.

“It’s Kaliyah! Mama, she’s hanging herself in her closet!” Williams’ 13-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, cried hysterically into the phone.

Construction Career Days help students build future plans

May 4, 2023
The construction industry needs workers, and not just sign-holding traffic monitors.

‘We will not run out of gas’

April 29, 2023
The Daybreak Market/76 gas station at the intersection of Santa Rosa Drive and U.S. Highway 90, just west of East Spencer Field Road, is selling regular gas for $1.76 per gallon until 5 p.m. today. Mark Contos, vice president of the Daybreak Market company, said the store has 31,000 gallons available for the grand-opening special.

Question, persuade, refer: Three steps to help prevent suicide

April 4, 2023
It sounds like “CPR” for a reason: Suicide prevention advocates want “QPR” – Question, Persuade, Refer – to become as well known as the life-saving acronym for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Escambia calls latest DOMES proposal a ‘good start’

March 30, 2023
Escambia County commissioners said Thursday they might support a smaller medical examiner’s facility but didn’t rule out continuing to use the existing facility in Pensacola if they can’t reach an agreement with their counterparts in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

UF/IFAS plans suicide prevention workshop

March 28, 2023
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services will host a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Citizens Moving Forward Event Center, 6151 Dogwood Drive in Milton, to help residents prevent suicide.
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